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Old 03-30-07, 03:11 PM   #1
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Can Campagnolo hubs be silenced?

On my "nice" road bike I have a Record 8-speed rear hub, which buzzes like mad when I coast. I haven't really tried newer Campagnolo, but I understand this is how it sounds - true? I have recently begun commuting on an old road bike with Shimano 600/Ultegra and it is just so nice the way it is almost completely silent.

I'm about to move to Campagnolo 10-speed, primarily for new ergo levers, and I'm considering getting a Dura-Ace 7700 rear hub and re-space the cassette to get a quiet hub. When I researced this, I found that some people say their Campagnolo hubs are almost silent and that it might just be a question of how you lube them.

So is this true? Can any Campagnolo rear hub be silenced by lubing it a particular way - More grease, thicker grease, thinner grease, oil, butter?

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Old 03-30-07, 04:30 PM   #2
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..thicker grease will probably work, but may become too viscous in cold weather, causing freewheel engagement problems.

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Ride with someone who has older Rolf wheels and yours will be silent.
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Next to my friend's Zipp 404's my 8-speed Record hub is very quiet.

Inject fresh grease through the grease port located at the center of the hub by twisting around that pretty C-clip. That'll quiet down the hub....but just for a few days only...
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My brand new Chorus 10-speed rear hub buzzes like a mad hornet when I coast so your new stuff won't be any quieter than the old. I also like the complete silence of Shimano freehubs but Campy doesn't seem to know how to do it.

The only things worse are Chris King and DT (Hugi) hubs which are even louder.
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maybe they dont want to
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Ride beside me for a bit, my wretched body makes more noises than your hub.
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Just yesterday while riding with a friend with Campy (me, Shimano Ultegra), I commented that the NOISE must be Campy's version of Harley's sound. Mine was quiet, her's irritating on a quiet stretch of road.
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Stop coasting
In all seriousness, that's what I started doing. Then when I switched to fixed gear there was almost no difference in the way you ride.
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Just yesterday while riding with a friend with Campy (me, Shimano Ultegra), I commented that the NOISE must be Campy's version of Harley's sound. Mine was quiet, her's irritating on a quiet stretch of road.
That reminds me of mountain biking in a nice quiet area, deep in the woods, and hearing a bike with Chris King hubs. Some folks seem to be impressed by it, "Oh, that bike's got those awesome hubs on it. The flight of the bumblebee!" I'm thinking "what an obnoxious, unneccessary racket."
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In all seriousness, that's what I started doing. Then when I switched to fixed gear there was almost no difference in the way you ride.
Of course, you can not-coast on a geared bike too
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wear headphones. watch out for cars.
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Try out a new Stingray sometime. Sounds like a 9 inch Ford with worn out gears, lol.,,,,BD
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Of course, you can not-coast on a geared bike too
But if you weren't coasting on your geared bike in the first place...
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